Even high performance models like the ones from the AMG division of Mercedes have to obey the new emission and consumptions regulations and, in order to pass these regulations, Mercedes says it will include hybrid technology, as well as stop-start and energy recuperation devices, in the future high performance vehicles.

Our first reaction to this news was a collective shaking of our heads at the diminishing of vehicles with true power, but reading a little further, we discovered that Mercedes plans to go the hybrid route in a completely different direction than that of other auto brands. Mercedes’ main priority will be to improve fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, but still offer true performance vehicles.

"In the future AMG will still offer high performance models, but there will be hybrids there. AMG needs to reduce fuel consumption," said Daimler’s head of future mobility and advanced engineering, Herbert Kohler in an interview with AutoCar.

He also said that AMG would not be following the same strategy Porsche did with the 918 Spyder: "Hybrids can boost, but AMGs will use stop-start and recuperation technology."

So how "hybrid" will these hybrid AMGs be? That’s a question will have to wait at least a year or two to answer.


Source: AutoCar

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  (473) posted on 05.20.2011

Looking at the performance of this car and to those in Porsche. Well, the 918 Spyder perform far better than AMG. However, when it comes to fuel economy AMG would be the best option.

  (553) posted on 05.20.2011

As expected from Mercedes car they always has this luxurious styling that makes them differ from other luxury car. However, IMO, I think the AMG is the most beautiful series made by this car manufacturer.

  (399) posted on 03.11.2011

That was definitely a nice move coming from Mercedes. They really are starting to become on of the frontrunners of hybrid technology, since they are implementing a lot of projects on it.

  (158) posted on 01.20.2011

AMG models have always been, and will continue to be, focused on performance. lets just hope that thing can keep its promise.

  (745) posted on 01.20.2011

it appears as though even they aren’t immune from the drive to improve fuel efficiency that’s sweeping the automotive industry.

  (702) posted on 01.19.2011

huh? this is already hybrid, so why are you looking for Petrol or Diesel engine? you should be already happy with it I think.

  (807) posted on 01.19.2011

this is something new from mercedes benz, i hope they’ll succeed with this new engine, but i wish they’ll also make a petrol or diesel variants for their Vehicles specially the M classes SUV.

  (65) posted on 01.19.2011

Unfortunately when they say lower CO2 emissions, they mean probably 130-200g... and considering that models like Yaris (2006!!!!!!!!!!) have under 130g they are making me laugh about all this environment protection mambo jumbo for stupid people.

  (111) posted on 01.19.2011

I love the new design lines of Mercedes. The old C classe was kind of a begining that I didn’t liked, but now, they are back on track smiley

  (151) posted on 01.19.2011

Finally! Let us hope that they won’t need 10 years to go to full electric!

  (387) posted on 01.19.2011

This new future mercedes AMG models is distinguished into a very high performance and special equipment,

  (808) posted on 01.18.2011

My thoughts exactly! This dealer douche-bag needs to learn a few things about the product before he goes around contaminating the whole lot...

  (780) posted on 01.18.2011

I don’t get what the big deal is, this dealer dude quoting seems to be slightly retarded. MB never said that they would be producing plug-in electric S-Classes, but their goal is more along the lines of KERS.

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